Clearbirth EP 30: VBAC: What You Need to Know

Season 2 | Episode 2
23m | Jun 14, 2023

Join your host Annette Perel, a doula for over 17 years, for The Clearbirth Podcast!

In this episode, your host Annette Perel takes a deep dive into the world of VBAC'S (VAGINAL BIRTH AFTER CESAREAN SECTION) What is a section? What can you do to have a VBAC?

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Silent Knife: Cesarean Prevention and Vaginal Birth after Cesarean (VBAC), By Lois J. Estner and Nancy Wainer Cohen

Copyright © 2012 VBAC Facts. Permission granted to freely reproduce with attribution.

Quick Facts: Birth after Cesarean

After a cesarean, most women have two choices for future births: a vaginal birth after cesarean

(VBAC) or a repeat cesarean section (RCS).

There is a lot of misinformation about these two options. Let’s review some quick facts compiled by Jennifer Kamel, Founder of VBAC Facts.

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ACOG Practice Bulletin No. 5: Vaginal birth after previous cesarean

delivery. Washington DC.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (2010, July

21). Ob-Gyns Issue Less Restrictive VBAC Guidelines. Retrieved July

21, 2010, from ACOG:


American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (2010).

ACOG Practice Bulletin No. 115: Vaginal Birth After Previous

Cesarean Delivery. Washington DC.

Bernstein, S., Matalon-Grazi, S., & Rosenn, B. (2012). Trial of labor

after previous cesarean section versus repeat cesarean section:

are patients making an informed decision? Supplement to January

2012 American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, S21. Retrieved


Coassolo, K. M., Stamilio, D. M., Pare, E., Peipert, J. F., Stevens, E.,

Nelson, D., et al. (2005). Safety and Efficacy of Vaginal Birth After

Cesarean Attempts at or Beyond 40 Weeks Gestation. Obstetrics &

Gynecology, 106, 700-6.

Declercq, E. R., & Sakala, C. (2006). Listening to Mothers II: Reports

of the Second National U.S. Survey of Women’s Childbearing

Experiences. New York: Childbirth Connection. Retrieved from

Childbirth Connection:

Declercq, E. R. (September, 2009). Birth by the numbers [video].

Retrieved from Orgasmic Birth:

Huang, W. H., Nakashima, D. K., Rumney, P. J., Keegan, K. A., &

Chan, K. (2002). Interdelivery Interval and the Success of Vaginal

Birth After Cesarean Delivery. Obstetrics & Gynecology, 99, 41-44.

Humphries, G. (2004, June 14). The Suture Debate. Retrieved

October 1, 2009, from International Cesarean Awareness


International Cesarean Awareness Network. (2009, February 20).

New Survey Shows Shrinking Options for Women with Prior

Cesarean. Retrieved from ICAN:

Kamel, J. (2009, January 17). Predicting uterine rupture by uterine

thickness via sonogram. Retrieved from VBAC Facts:

Kamel, J. (2009b, October 19). Response to OB: Scare tactics vs.

informed consent aka why I started this website. Retrieved from

VBAC Facts:

Kamel, J. (2009c, February 28). Is VBAC illegal? Is homebirth

illegal? Retrieved from VBAC Facts:

Kamel, J. (2010, July 22). VBAC in rural hospitals. Retrieved from

VBAC Facts:

Kamel, J. (2010b, March 16). Another VBAC consult misinforms.

Retrieved from VBAC Facts:

Kamel, J. (2010c, March 9). American women speak about VBAC.

Retrieved from VBAC Facts:

Menacker, F., & Hamilton, B. E. (2010, March). Recent Trends in

Cesarean Delivery in the United States. Retrieved from Center for

Disease Control and Prevention:

Silver, R. M., Landon, M. B., Rouse, D. J., & Leveno, K. J. (2006).

Maternal Morbidity Associated with Multiple Repeat Cesarean

Deliveries. Obstetrics & Gynecology, 107, 1226-32.

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